Alexandria Strawberry Heirloom Seeds
Alexandria strawberry is one of the most
productive alpine strawberry varieties. The
compact, heavy blooming, runnerless perennial plants
amounts of fragrant and tasty strawberries
continuously from spring through fall.
Will often naturalize in partly shaded
well watered areas of your garden.
Very simple to grow, easy to maintain,
and quick to harvest.
May be planted indoors, outdoors, or in containers.
They begin producing the second spring,
sometimes the first fall.
Grows best in USDA Zones 3a to 8b.
Days To Maturity: up to 1 year
Approximately 40 seeds per packet.
Botanical Name: Fragaria vesca
Germination: 14 to 30 days
Soil should be moist at all times
during the germination period.
Sunlight: Partial Shade
Storage of Alexandria Strawberry Heirloom Seeds...
Seed should be refrigerated to prolong life.
It is advised to freeze the seed below 32F
for 3-4 weeks prior to seeding to improve germination.
All seed sold by Orchard House Heirlooms has been
preconditioned under these conditions.
Light is essential for optimal germination.
Seed should be surface sown and if covered,
covered very lightly with medium.
I like to use white “play sand” that can be purchased at garden
center to lightly cover the seeds.
The intention is to use the sand to hold down
the media and parts of the media that
seeds may be attracted to.
The sand keeps the seeds in contact with the media
and the color of the sand can be used to easily determine by
color variation whether the media is wet or dry.
Temperature is critical to germination.
The acceptable temperature range is 60 – 75F.
The lower range is suggested for night temperature
and the higher end of the range for maximum daytime temperatures.
Seeds will germinate outside this range but germination
may not be complete or may be delayed or accelerated.
Higher temperatures will promote germination but may also
reduce germination and cause drying conditions that will
threaten the continuing growth of the seedlings.
Note: the temperatures referred to above is the soil temperature,
not the air temperature which may be significantly different.
How To Harvest Alexandria Strawberry Heirloom Seeds
Wait until your strawberries are overripe.
Place your strawberries into the strainer.
Press your spoon or fork against
the strawberries in the strainer
to squeeze out the juice until all the juice
is pressed out and you can clearly see the
seeds separating from the juice.
Take care when doing this
step to avoid breaking the seeds.
Place the strainer under running water,
allowing the juice and strawberry pulp to run out.
Flip the seeds in the strainer onto a plate.
Allow the seeds to air-dry for a few days.
When dried put your seeds in a container.
Store in a cool dry place.